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Lawyers Assure Stakeholders On Legal Frame-Work

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The Nigerian maritime law Association has affirmed its readiness to assist relevant governments agencies ministries and departments in achieving a strong and efficient legal frame work for Nigeria’s maritime development.

The President of the Association, Mr, Louis Mbanefo (SAN) made this known at the  Association Annual general meeting and lecture held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

According to him, the association is fully prepared to deploy its depth of resources in improving the quality of International agreements and bargain the country entew into in maritime trade, in addition to facilitating  an improved regime for resolution and adjudication of maritime disputes in the country.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Obong Godswill Akpabio, who aptly represented by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Assam Assam (SAN) assured that its poised to ensure Nigeria becomes a natural  hub for shipping and oil and gas logistics in the West and Central African region through its Ibaka sea port project.

He appreciated the diverse and highly trained poll of skill inherent in the members of the association, adding that the Akwa Ibom State government is committed to utilising the best skills available in the country to achieve its grand objectives.

Earlier, the Guest Speaker, Hon Justice Edward Torgbor, a retired Judge of the High Court of Kenya, reviewed the regime of recognition and enforcement of Arbitral awards in Nigeria and proffered that the tie has come for the enabling laws to be reviewed, in view f the continuing litigation of cases in court even after arbitral awards have been entered.

The 2011 Annual General Meeting and Lecture of the Nigerian maritime law Association was hosted for the first time outside Lagos, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. It said the convergence of members from all parts of the country, and feature a city tour, dedicated golf session and two high profile dinners hosted by The Akwa Ibom State Government and former Director-General of Nimasa, Mrs. Mfon Usore.

Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom State government is currently shopping for about 5-138 hectares of land for the deep seaport in the state. The State Governor, Obong Godswill Akpabio after receiving a request from the managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority Engr. Umar Suleima swing into action by mandating a committee to facilitiate the procurement of the land space for the Deep Seaport project.

The deep seaport is to be located at Ibaka in Mbo local government area of the state. The propose is to e called Ibom Industrial Park, Comprising of a Deep seaport, a Refinery, a liquefied National gas plant and fertilizer plant.

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NSC Boss Warns Maritime Agencies Against Unhealthy Rivalries

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The Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Barrister Hassan Bello, has warned agencies in the maritime sector to avoid superiority rivalry, saying it has done the industry more harm than good.
He also advised heads of maritime agencies to avoid cosmetic cooperation and come together for the development of the industry. 
Bello gave this warning at a sent-forth ceremony organised in his honour, last Friday. 
Bello bowed out of service last Friday after eight years of service. 
He was appointed by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2013. Before his appointment, he was the Director, Legal Services of the NSC.
Bello noted that some agencies spent so much in defending their territories while neglecting their statutory mandates.
According to him, “There is lack of synergy among the agencies and I don’t think it is succeeding because it has been the basis of equality. There is no agency that is better than the other.
“Agencies are not graded by their budgets but what they contribute, but it is very unfortunate some agencies think that maritime starts and stops with them. No, it cannot work.
“Some agencies are trying to defend territories and in doing so, they go to a large extent and that is not good. They spend a lot of money to defend these territories while they neglect what they are established to do and that’s why we are not developing and that’s what Nigerian Shippers’ Council will never take from anybody not now, tomorrow or forever. We are all equal, we all have contributions to make.
“We can’t be having cosmetic cooperation, we have to have real cooperation”.
Bello said that the Federal Ministry of Transportation had undergone a lot of transformations, saying the era of state capture was over.
He lauded the Minister, Permanent Secretary and Directors of the Ministry for giving the Council the opportunity to achieve a lot through their supports.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Okowa Seeks Permanent Site For Maritime Varsity

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The Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the Federal Government to develop the permanent site of the Nigeria Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko.
Okowa made the call while playing host to the Governing Council of the university during a courtesy visit at the Government House, Asaba.
He said the establishment of a permanent campus would go a long way in putting the university on a sound footing, and ultimately enable it to deliver on its core mandate of imparting sound maritime-related education on students.
The governor said he was happy that the institution took off academic activities at the temporary site but urged the Federal Government to make resources available for the construction of buildings and provision of amenities that would enhance academic activities.
He noted that the birth of the special educational institution for the training of manpower in the maritime sector had strengthened peace and the economy of riverine communities.
Okowa advocated the need for more projects to be sited in riverine areas because of the inputs of riverine areas to the economy of the nation.
“We thank God that the Maritime University has started even when we have challenges because we do know that the take-off of the university brought good news to our people and helped us to build peace, particularly in our riverine areas”, he said. 
Earlier, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of the university, Dr Elias Courson, commended Governor Okowa for his inspiring and magnanimous support towards the take-off and continued development of the university.
He also thanked the governor for establishing three additional universities in the state, which would provide additional access to quality education not only to Deltans but to Nigerians.
Dr Courson, however, appealed to Okowa to assist the university in completing the renovation/ remodelling of the classroom blocks, construction of additional staff quarters and provision of a potable water scheme in the campus.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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2022 Nations Cup: S’Eagles To Travel To Cameroon By Boat

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The  Lagos State Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) says it will convey the Super Eagles of Nigeria by boat to Cameroon for next year’s Nations Cup.
Managing Director, LAGFERRY, Abdullah Balogun, stated this in a statement.
“We plan to take Nigeria’s Super Eagles to Cameroon for next year’s Nations Cup after achieving that of Benin Republic — this is a goal we have set for ourselves”, Balogun said.
 LAGFERRY said they considered the boat trip following the success recorded in the Benin experience.
He said, “It was a major milestone for us to transport Nigeria’s national team to the Benin Republic through the waterways.
“Coming on board LAGFERRY through the international route to the Benin Republic is a mind-blowing experience. We were excited to be part of it”.
The LAGFERRY boss said the success recorded in the Benin game, where the Eagles won 1-0 away, was as a result of the trouble-free trip.
“It reflected on the field of play and it showed on their (players) performances because they came out victorious in the game,” he said. 
Balogun said the players, during next year’s boat trip, would enjoy free Wi-Fi, USB pots and a lot of entertainment and side attractions enabled by technology.

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